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MIND AND LIFE INSTITUTE

Our knowledge of cognitive, physiological and clinical effects of these practices (particularly mindfulness) has grown steadily, in large part due to the ongoing efforts of the Mind & Life Institute. Expanding from a focus on awareness-based practices to include the cultivation of virtuous, prosocial qualities and actions is clearly warranted as we look to foster positive change in the world.

To this end, the Mind & Life Institute is pleased to lead the way in supporting the development of this critical field through our new funding program, the PEACE Grants — supporting research on novel interdisciplinary approaches for investigating and nurturing wholesome mental qualities related to Prosociality, Empathy, Altruism, Compassion, and Ethics (PEACE). With this mechanism, Mind & Life will fund projects that advance our understanding of the mechanisms, implementation and outcomes of contemplative strategies to promote well-being and prosocial behavior in individuals and communities. In addition, we encourage the development of measures to rigorously assess these qualities in various real-world contexts.

This grant program encourages the active collaboration of scientists with contemplative scholars/practitioners in all phases of research. Two levels of funding are offered—$25,000 and $100,000—for projects that can be completed in a two-year time frame.

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To be eligible for a PEACE Grant, the applicant (Principal Investigator, and all Co-PIs) must have completed a terminal research/doctoral degree and sufficient training, experience and institutional resources to accomplish the proposed work. Mind & Life aims to maximize the benefits of diversity, and to use diversity as a tool for enriching the field of contemplative research. We welcome applicants of all races, classes, genders, ages, religions, physical abilities, and sexual orientations.

Letters of Intent are due March 7, 2018 (by 11:59 PM Eastern Time) through our online application system. All applicants must submit a letter of intent to be considered for invitation to submit a full proposal. Applicants will receive email notification by mid-June as to whether they have been selected to submit a full proposal. If selected, a detailed request for proposals (RFP) will be sent to you at that time, and the final deadline will be August 3, 2018. Grants will be announced in November. See the Request for Letters for more details.

FOR MORE DETAILS : https://www.mindandlife.org/peace-grants/

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